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Word Watch: A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky [Kindle Edition]

Patricia McLinn
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Book Description

Welcome to a word usage book with attitude. (Some say humor, too, but nearly everyone agrees on attitude.)

WORD WATCH is a compilation of columns written over several years for Update, the newsletter of the Washington (D.C.) Romance Writers, and Novel Ideas, the newsletter of the Virginia Romance Writers.

It stemmed from a conversation with a fellow author, who suggested – none too gently – that Word Watch quit griping about words being misused by writers and do something about it.

So, here it is: An attempt to share a lifetime of word usage scrutiny and a journalistic career of picky editing.


– To look up a specific word or phrase, check the alphabetical inventory at the beginning of this book. Then click on the capitalized link (or links) associated with it to go to that discussion.
– Read the columns month by month.
– Browse at will.
– Engrave on your heart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Patricia McLinn (October 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UH8AO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific (and terrific fun!) for word lovers everywhere. December 23, 2011
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Word Watch does for the common man or woman what Theodore Bernstein's The Careful Writer does for the scholarly intellectual. Far more extensive than Bernstein, having been created over the course of years, it's a valuable reference and a good read rolled into one. Need to settle an argument over whether those birds wandering across the road are Canada or Canadian geese? Have a hard time remembering if it's "alot" or "a lot"? Want to be sure you aren't making a fool of yourself when you write your Christmas letter, telling all your friends and family about your vacation to D.C., where you visited the CapitOl building? Whether you're a writer, an editor, a reader, a personage whose work often requires public speaking, or simply somebody who likes to get things right, Word Watch will get you where you want to go **in style**. Keep it handy on your desk. Take it along for casual browsing while you're sitting in the doctor's waiting room. Read four or five entries a day to give your brain a good workout--and your spirit a good laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Frolic Through the English Language August 4, 2012
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This eBook is exactly what it claims to be: a series of short articles explaining the true meanings of commonly misused, confused, and otherwise abused words. The author's wit occasionally intruded on the lessons, but for the most part it was a fun exploration of English gone wrong.
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More About the Author

I write because people heal. And those are the people who fascinate me.

They heal from pinpricks and catastrophes. They heal seamlessly or with scars, hidden or visible. They heal in as many ways as there are things to heal from, then multiplied by the number of individuals there are in this world.

As a journalist, I witnessed moments of "injury" and frequently found myself asking "How does someone get past that?" - whether "that" was pinprick or catastrophe. That question is also at the heart of my stories. What my characters are healing from frequently falls into the realm of wounds most of us carry. That makes the healing no less fascinating and no less admirable than if a character has troubles few of us will ever encounter. (I am piling on with one character right now, and it's starting to make me feel a little guilty.)

I find people often heal from doses of humor, honesty, and being pushed into situations they've been trying to avoid. Since few people will push themselves into situations they've been avoiding (wg), the characters need friends, family, and community willing to push. So my stories have a lot of those elements.
That's why I'm most pleased that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." I don't have the most focused writing career - contemporary romance, mystery, women's fiction, historical romance, nonfiction - but those elements unite my 30+ titles.

Some say my stories have happy endings. I like to think of each story as being the process of the main characters getting themselves to a point where they can have a happy beginning. Because they've done a lot of healing.

If you enjoy stories about characters learning, growing, and healing, with some humor, sometimes some mystery, and frequently romance, I hope you'll try my books.

For more on what's coming up with my writing, you can sign up for my newsletter at my website:

And if you truly want to know about my childhood, education, and journalism career, click on "Meet Patricia" at the website.

Enjoy your reading!


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